The Airship is a science fiction story and first in a trilogy of planned letterpress graphic novels. Within it's three-color letterpress pages lies a literary analogy between the dichotomy of using modern day digital design tools to create works that are produced on vintage analog equipment. In this story, set in a fictional past, one of the characters is transported to another dimension in space and time. His attempts to communicate across this gulf are indecipherable without access to a smartphone. The reader must also bridge the gap from the era of the story and the equipment used to produce it by scanning QR codes in order to fully experience the book. Through digital enhancement, the story continues with video and interactivity on the viewers smartphone. The story explores a government becoming a military industrial complex which has echoes of past and current trends in this country.
In 2011, Todd Thyberg, owner of Angel Bomb, received an MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowship to assist in creating The Airship. The second issue in the trilogy is currently being conceptualized.
Chapbook - limited to 250 copies, signed and numbered
Hardbound Deluxe - limited to 35 copies in embossed, hardbound slipcase, signed and numbered, comes with three propaganda prints from the book
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